pa·​ra | \ ˈpär-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or para

Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire
b : a coin representing one para
2 [Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish] — see dinar at Money Table

Definition of para (Entry 2 of 5)


variants: or par-

Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from parathyroid parenteral
2a : closely related to paraldehyde
b : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene
3a : faulty : abnormal paresthesia
b : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity paramedical
c : closely resembling : almost paratyphoid

Definition of para- (Entry 4 of 5)

: parachute paratrooper
plural -paras or -parae

Definition of -para (Entry 5 of 5)

: woman delivered of (so many) children primipara

Examples of para in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Taking her title from his intriguing handwritten note, her installation Rules for fighting (Reglas para pelear), based on her eponymous book, is a powerful piece on mourning and resuming a daughterly relationship that has been abruptly interrupted. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2022 El maestro Scott Biegel se dedicó a la enseñanza para poder seguir asistiendo al campamento de verano, dijeron sus padres. Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, 1 Aug. 2022 Merecido reconocimiento para @wisinyyandel y que mejor que se los entregue, @JBALVIN. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 21 July 2022 The 6ft cable is detachable and made from oxygen-free copper with a para-aramid sheath that creates very few microphonics. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The state only recently added para-athlete events to the championship calendar and some events have a full nine or more individuals or teams. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2022 Pronto les compartiré las importantes noticias para el Ecuador. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 An Air Force rescue plane dropped two para-medics into the water with a 20-man life raft, supplies and equipment to keep the Aurora 7 space capsule afloat. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2022 Office staff, custodians, para-educators, and classroom aides are essential to the success of our students. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of para


1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for para


Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap


Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for

Combining form

extracted from parachute entry 1

Noun combining form

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare

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\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or parae\ ˈpar-​ˌē How to pronounce para (audio) \

Medical Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a woman delivered of a specified number of children used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the number multiparaa 36-year-old para 5 — compare gravida


\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \

Medical Definition of para (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
2 : of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions


\ ˌpar-ə, ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para- (audio) \
variants: or par-

Medical Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely related to paraldehyde
2 : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene abbreviation p- — compare meta- sense 2, orth- sense 2

Pará geographical name

Pa·​rá | \ pə-ˈrä How to pronounce Pará (audio) \

Definition of Pará

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon
2 state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051
3 — see belém

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